Karl Springer

Signed Karl Springer Goatskin Mirror

Karl Springer Knife Edge Dining Table

Square Karl Springer Table with Gunmetal            Finish and Polished Steel

Karl Springer Knife Edge Dining        Table and Eight Chairs


Karl Springer, famed designer and manufacturer of mid-century luxury furniture and accessories, left an indelible mark on the world of home furnishings throughout the course of his storied career. Mr Springer is most known for his use of exotic materials - shagreen, goatskin, lacquer - his work pops, both in terms of color and shape in almost any room. He was the president and sole owner of Karl Springer Ltd., with showrooms in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo and additional outlets in Munich and Chicago. His signature styles were classical Chinese and Art Deco, the latter inspired by his predecessors Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank. Other influences seen in his creations ranged from the Bauhaus of Germany, his native country, to the Ashanti of Africa. Craftsmen around the world implemented his designs and he traveled widely to oversee the workshops and to scout for new ideas, forms and materials. He was credited with reviving shagreen, the rough skin of an Asian shark, which had been popular as a fabric in the 1920's but had fallen out of favor. He brought the use of lacquered parchment back into furniture manufacture as well and also worked with inlaid-wood veneers, rare woods, metals, faux finishes and granite. His business flourished after the Duchess of Windsor came across his designs and praised them to her many acquaintances. Karl passed away in mid 1991, leaving an incredible design legacy. 

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